Croatia has numerous fantastic beaches shaded by pine trees and lined with fine bars and delicious restaurants. Some of them are among the best and most famous European beaches. And other Croatian beaches are hidden in secluded bays where you can enjoy the comforting sounds of the sea and the wind in full privacy.
When you visit Croatia, you will easily find dozens of delightful beaches. And our list is not a definite list – it more like a teaser that will only spark your imagination.
This itinerary is listing some of the prominent locations along the Adriatic coast and will give you the opportunity to visit some of the beaches mentioned below.
Stiniva Beach, Vis Island
The farthest inhabited island from the Croatian mainland has one of the best beaches in Europe, the Stiniva beach. In 2016. Stiniva was named the top beach in Europe for 2016 by the Brussels-based tourism organization European Best Destinations.
The white pebble beach is nestled between towering cliffs with a small opening to the sea. The beach is invisible from the sea, and only a small boat can go through its narrow passage.
The small island of Susak, situated near Istria and island Lošinj, is laden with fine yellow sand. Without roads and cars, parties, and nightlife – Susak is an excellent destination for a family trip. The cute village, pretty hiking trails, vast fields of oregano plants, vineyards and sandy beaches delight by its tranquil atmosphere.
The island’s main claim to fame is the Spiaza beach, a gorgeous moon grey crescent-shaped stretch located near the Susak village. The bay is extremely shallow – you will need to walk at least half a kilometer to get too deep waters good enough for swimming. Pure joy for kids!
Sveti Jakov Beach, Dubrovnik
A popular Game of Thrones location, Dubrovnik, is a tourist paradise with a rich culture and stunning beaches. Sveti Jakov, one of many Dubrovnik beaches, is incredibly scenic. White pebbles, turquoise waters, a pleasant shade of trees – the beach has it all. Although it is near Dubrovnik, which is a top-rated tourist destination, the beach is very serene and quiet. Don’t forget to experience at least one sunset here.
Queen’s Beach, Nin
If you want to visit a beach that is as long as the eye can see, then Kraljičina Plaža (Queen’s Beach) in Nin, 15 km from Zadar, is the right place for your. The sandy beach stretches for 13 kilometers around a lovely shallow lagoon, ideal for families with small children who will enjoy frolicking in the warm and pleasant water. The beach’s sand is believed to have healing properties, so don’t be surprised to see people covering themselves in it. Many bars and restaurants than line the beach offer good food and refreshing drinks.
Uvala Dubovica, Hvar Island
There are many adorable bays and beaches on Hvar. Still, the best one is the Uvala Dubovica, a pebble beach located near a historic manor house. The bay is shallow, making it the right spot for families with kids. Its crystal clear water and unspoiled nature are a pure delight.
Zlatni Rat, Brač
The pebble laden beach with its see-through waters was named #3 beach destination in Europe two times in a row. Perfectly white pebble beach looks like a long finger jutting out into the water. Pine trees provide a pleasant shade, where you can spend the whole day even in the hottest summer days. The perfect wind attracts windsurfers, so the picture-perfect image of summer paradise is wrapped-up with windsurfing sails gliding all over the shimmering sea.
Punta Rata beach, Brela
The Punta Rata beach is an awe-inspiring beach – the Forbes magazine included it in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. The most striking feature of the beach is the Brela stone, which is a tiny rock island with pine trees growing on it. The pebble beach is ideal for families due to its shallow waters and excellent beach facilities.
Lovrečina Bay, Brac Island
The sandy, white pebbled beach is an idyllic setting for sunbathing and swimming, with its gently sloping shores and shallow waters. There is dense vegetation near the water providing the pleasant shade. Above the beach, you can visit the remains of a 5th-century basilica.
Rajska plaža, Rab island
Rajska plaža is situated on Rab island, near the Lopar. It has beautiful sand, perfectly clean sea and very well developed beach facilities makes it ideal for families with children. You can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, different sports, sunbathing and many more activities here. Nice bars and delicious restaurants that line one of the best Croatian sandy beaches.